San Antonio, TX – A San Antonio police detective who was fired for allegedly punching his girlfriend in the face has now been sanctioned for confronting a female officer who was on the administrative review board that fired him.
Bexar County Sheriff’s deputies were called to then-Detective Daniel Pue’s home at approximately 9 a.m. on Jan. 7, after a neighbor called and reported that the detective was beating a woman in a yard on the 11000-block of Barclay Point, KSAT reported.
The neighbor told the 911 call taker that the detective was standing over the woman, punching her in the face.
Deputies later learned that Det. Pue had also kicked down the front door of the woman’s home at approximately 2 a.m. that same day, and that he stole her cell phone.
When they arrived at the scene of the domestic disturbance, police found the victim crying and covered in blood out in the front yard, KSAT reported.
Det. Pue ignored the deputy’s orders to come to their location, and instead took off into his house.
He refused to let the deputies into his residence, so they forced entry and commanded him to get onto the ground.
“For what?” Det. Pue asked, according to the sheriff’s office. “I’m a police officer.”
The deputies threatened to deploy a Taser, at which point the detective finally complied with their orders, KSAT reported.
Det. Pue was arrested on a domestic violence charge, but he denied having assaulted the victim.
He initially told investigators that the woman came to his home to “cause problems,” and claimed that they had broken up two years earlier.
The detective, who allegedly smelled of an alcoholic beverage, later admitted that he lied, and said that he was actually dating the victim at the time of the alleged altercation, KSAT reported.
"I knew everything being said and everything there is public information and I didn't want my [redacted] knowing things had continued, on this path with her,” he said, according to the investigative report.
Det. Pue also “appeared to be passed out due to drinking and had slobber and bile on his shirt from drinking too much,” one deputy’s report noted.
According to the victim, Det. Pue became enraged after he learned that she “was cheating on him,” police records said.
The injured woman refused treatment at the scene, and told deputies that she did not want Det. Pue “to get in trouble,” KSAT reported.
She also wanted permission to speak with him, investigators said.
“If there’s bars in the window, then [he] can’t hit me anymore,” she said, according to the investigative report.
During the San Antonio Police Department’s (SAPD) internal investigation into the incident, police discovered that Det. Pue had searched the woman’s name on the Texas Crime Information Center database and the National Crime Information Center database of several occasions, KSAT reported.
He also texted and called her from his city-issued cell phone on multiple occasions.
“Enjoy ur life,” he told her in a message on the day he was arrested, according to KSAT. “U wanted to f--k other people. There u go. Bye.”
The domestic violence charge against Det. Pue was dismissed on May 10, after the victim refused to pursue charges against him, KSAT reported.
Later that month, the SAPD’s Complaint and Administrative Review Board held a confidential meeting regarding Det. Pue’s future status with the department.
Afterwards, the detective sought out a fellow officer who sat on the board and confronted her about the meeting while she was working her off-duty job at a convention center.
He appeared angry and upset, and demanded to know what was discussed in the confidential meeting, according to internal affairs records.
The SAPD placed the detective on indefinite suspension – which is akin to being fired – effective July 3 with regards to the domestic disturbance arrest.
He was found to have violated the department’s policies with regards to waste or conversion of city equipment, use of intoxicants, responsibility to serve the public, and truthfulness of members.
He has appealed the termination, and the matter is expected to go before a third-party arbitrator, KSAT reported.
On Oct. 14, SAPD determined that the now-former detective violated the department’s responsibility to serve the public policy by confronting the officer who sat on the review board, KSAT reported.
He was given an additional three-day suspension as a result of that infraction.